Thank you for wanting to be part of Maker Faire OC. This page covers many of the common questions about exhibiting at the event, and helps us stay organized as we coordinate with all the makers.
These details should not change, however we recommend checking this page in the days leading up to the event for any small changes. We will always be sure to highlight any changes that are made as best we can.
If you do not see your question answered here, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your exhibit or team name in the email to help us locate your exhibit.
On Friday 10/20/2023, we will have the doors open from 12PM – 8pm to setup your space. We highly encourage you to configure your space on the 20th as it will be easier to correct any problems. You will have 2 hour on 10/21 to finish any final touches before we let attendees in. If you are going to need assistance with anything, please let us know and we will attempt to coordinate volunteers to help you. For a fee, access to fork lift or scissor lift is also available. Please submit those requests no later than 10/1/2023.
The building has a large roll up door for easy access. If your exhibit is “outdoor” the same access times apply. Once everything is out of the vehicle, please move it to a parking spot away from the building before moving into your space.
Before you start working on your space, you must check in at the Maker Check In table. You will be provided 4 maker badges to staff your booth.
Load-out must occur AFTER the end of the event. This helps us maintain a full and fun experience for attendees that come late in the day. Roll up doors will be opened after the event to allow for access. Vehicles may not be pulled to the doors during event hours. A period of time will be provided after the event (6pm-12pm), and all makers must be completely moved out no later than midnight on 10/21/2023 unless coordinated with us.
OC Fair & Event Center has a $12/vehicle parking fee.
Breaks: Each Maker exhibit should be staffed at all times by you or a colleague. We are not responsible for missing items. If you do not have an assistant and you need a short break, please notify the Area Manager and we will do our best to assist you in finding someone to watch your exhibit. If you need to be away from your exhibit for an extended period of time, please notify the Area Manager.
Electrical: During the event, if you have a problem with your power, please report it immediately to your Area Manager. They will be able to radio in for the electrician to help.
Child Safety: Maker Faire is a family event. We appreciate your assistance in keeping Maker Faire a safe environment for the children attending the event. For safety purposes, we request that children under the age of 15 not be on the Maker Faire floor alone during setup or teardown hours. During Maker Faire, if your exhibit has hazardous materials or has elements of concern, please take the time to inform parents and children of safe practices for your exhibit.
Pets: For the safety and well being of our four-legged friends, please leave your pets at home. There are loud noises, many moveable parts, fire elements, and large crowds, all of which create a potentially unsafe environment for pets.
Emergency: In the event of a medical emergency, notify your Area Manager, security personnel, or anyone with a radio or walkie-talkie. They will contact the on-site EMT personnel. If someone dials 911 from their cell phone, the above procedure still needs to be followed for the best possible care, as this will expedite the response of medical assistance.
In the event of a security emergency, notify your Area Manager, security personnel, or anyone with a radio.
Evacuation: Should the need to evacuate arise, staff and visitors will be notified by Security Personnel. Stay calm. Immediately stop any demonstrations or presentations. Do not try to dismantle your exhibit. Even if you cannot see any obvious reason for the alarm calmly make your way to the nearest exit, encouraging others to follow you outside. Once outside, move away from buildings and keep emergency access routes clear. When the necessary authorities deem it safe to reenter the buildings and facility, Makers will be granted access prior to members of the public.
As a guest of the OC Fair & Event Center, we must abide by all rules and regulations they have established.